EducationQuest Issues $45,000 For Eighth Grade Campus Visit Grants

LINCOLN – Among several Nebraska schools who received $45,000 in grant funding from EducationQuest, a handful were from northeast Nebraska to support college visits for eighth graders.

According to a release from the EducationQuest Foundation, funds were awarded to 70 schools pertaining to Eighth Grade Campus Visit Grants. The organization has now issued approximately $345,000 in funding to Nebraska schools since this program’s inception in 2011.

Northeast Nebraska towns and schools represented were Bancroft-Rosalie Community Schools (Bancroft), Laurel-Concord-Coleridge (Laurel), Madison Middle School (Madison), O’Neill Public Schools (O’Neill), Randolph Public Schools (Randolph), South Sioux City Middle School (South Sioux City) and Wisner-Pilger Junior/Senior High School (Wisner).

The schools will use the grants, which range from $143 to $850, to help fund college visits and related activities to get students on the path to college.

EducationQuest Vice President Eric Drumheller said, “when younger students visit a college campus, they can see first-hand the opportunities they have by pursuing higher education. We want this experience to motivate them to take the necessary steps to make a college dream a reality.”

The Eighth Grade Campus Visit Grants are awarded annually and are one of several programs EducationQuest provides to fulfill its mission of improving access to higher education in Nebraska.

Headquartered in Lincoln, EducationQuest provides free college planning services, need-based scholarship programs, college access grants for high schools and outreach services for community agencies.

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